The Byward Market is known for its restaurants, and a number of them adjoin a series of courtyards that run through a portion of the neighbourhood. If you know the area these are easy to find, but if you're a first time visitor, these might be a challenge to locate, generally found through narrow passages and laneways. This is the first one.
The architecture here dates mostly to the 19th century, but where there is more recent architecture, it is done in a way that tends to blend in with the older buildings.
A passageway led back out to the next courtyard.
And beyond that, a laneway took me into this next one.
This courtyard is a blend of older and newer architecture that work quite well together.
At its heart is this large sculpture by Pauta Saila, an Inuit hunter and artist. It is appropriately titled Dancing Bear.
Art is also found in the next courtyard. Our Shepherds is the title of the blue sculpture on the ground, with two shepherds standing on two sheep facing each other. Hanging on the wall is the preserved facade of a house that gives this particular courtyard its name.
The last of the courtyards lies here. A glimpse of Notre Dame Basilica can be seen beyond it.
An angel, appropriately, faces the Basilica at this entrance to the courtyards.